FIRST, PSSSSTTTTT. Look what I found on a page inside Prairie Style Magazine!
The amazing stylist, blogger, author, Fifi O’neill has discovered that I adore color – specifically bohemian color and pattern combos. I am sworn to secrecy (it’s so hard not reveal all), but Fifi has divulged that I will be sharing color inspiration in her new BOHO Style Magazine, on newsstands January 12.
Color. Inspiration. Hint, hint. Details to come!
GIFT SOME COLOR INSPIRATION FOR CHRISTMAS!
by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from the USA and Canada
48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″ * built-in color wheel
Suggested retail is $19.95 in the USA and Canada, plus applicable tax and/or shipping
THE NOTEBOOK IS A PERFECT GIFT, NO MATTER WHICH PAINT PRODUCTS YOUR DIYer LOVES
There are no recipes, or brands, mentioned! So any painter is free to interpret their inspirations.
THE COLOR INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK FOR CREATING GORGEOUS PAINTED FURNITURE
by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from the USA and Canada
48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″
Built-in color wheel
$19.95 in the USA and Canada, plus applicable tax and shipping
Happy New Year!
I can’t believe My Patch Of Blue Sky is one year old. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and this is not my first business venture. I owned a faux finishing business for over 15 years, and I ran a small home décor shop called Feather Your Nest with three dear friends for a few years simultaneously.
It has been a fun year for me, with the worst challenge being that I work at home. I have always loved to leave the house, dressed for the day, to work in a studio or office environment filled with like-minded folks. The dynamic for creativity has now changed. I have to reach within myself, my print and internet resources and connections every day instead of brainstorming with peers in the room together.
Now I work with Lacey Jane, the kitty assistant, who works and snoozes by my elbow at the computer – or on top of my studio work table. We have some quality time, and I talk to her instead of myself.
WHAT DID I DO IN 2014?
Many readers think of me as a DIY project, design and travel blogger. I have been blogging for years, and love to mingle with other bloggers like I did again this year at the Haven Conference.
But, My Patch Of Blue Sky is also my business, and I am often asked what I do, other than blog.
In 2014, I worked with lots of wonderfully talented, dynamic Annie Sloan stockists. Three signed on quickly as my first clients, then the list evolved. We reinvented their existing stores, or designed new ones. We shopped for merchandise at the High Point and Atlanta Markets. I built websites, created email blasts and handled blogs and social media. We did workshops at their locations, and even created workshops for them to teach.
And we laughed, painted, stenciled, lugged furniture, shopped ’til we dropped and loved every minute of it. And I’m pleased to say that they tell me their businesses have grown with my help.
I also designed and wrote dozens of DIY paint and stencil projects for my fabulous clients, Royal Design Studio’s Paint + Pattern, Wood Icing™, Artisan Enhancements and Modern Masters. At times, I wondered if I had one more new idea in my brain, and somehow, the projects flowed!
Now I can say that I have a large portfolio of DIY paint, stencil, and related products to design with that blend beautifully with each other. Lots of exciting potential.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?
And who knew that The Colour Inspiration Notebook Canada will launch soon?
In early January, I will introduce The Workshop Store for retailers of DIY products who tell me they always need new, inexpensive, quality project workshops and furniture finishes to satisfy the never-ending demand by their customers. Running a store is daunting enough without the pressure of cobbling together new content.
The first offerings will be compiled from posts I have written for clients like Paint + Pattern and Wood Icing™, with their permission. Then I will add more, often.
Retailers will simply shop by drop-down tabs, choosing according to the product lines they sell.
For pure painting fun, I can’t wait to start the DIY Furniture Finish Design Challenge. So many times I pin stunning painted finish ideas on Pinterest, but how does one DO IT?
So, submit your inspiring photos for me to choose from on Facebook, and I will create a finish designed from the DIY paint and products I know and love.
Then I will share the recipe!
Recently I posted several times about transforming our three large master bedroom furniture pieces. They are 1970s Danish modern and after many, many years I was so eager to get rid of the orange hue and change to soft, weathered gray. I prepared for my large refinishing project first by using my Color Inspiration Notebook. I created it as a fun tool to assist DIY furniture painting project lovers with color inspiration and selection. The built-in color wheel walked me right through my basic color scheme. It confirmed that I was happy with my accessories and the major teal color, accented with a bit of green and metallics.
The huge dilemma was what to do with the teak – eeekkkk. It seemed to grow more orange every year! The platform bed and two large dressers are loved for their simplicity and have been perfect for storage capacity (there are drawers under the bed).
I am having so much fun with several of my favorite bloggers who are giving away a Color Inspiration Notebook – just in time for your painting projects. And gifting of course!
MEET SUZANNE BUGHERI of The Painted Drawer
Suzanne loves to paint like I do, and in her giveaway post she shares projects like these, and how she uses the Color Inspiration Notebook.
Don’t miss Suzanne’s giveaway post and enter to win a Notebook! Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends TODAY AT MIDNIGHT!
MEET DANIELLE DRISCOLL of Finding Silver Pennies
Danielle transformed this old dresser using Miss Mustard Seed’s Mustard Seed Yellow paint. How pretty and cheerful!
Want to read Danielle’s project post and enter to win a Notebook? Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends on November 30th.
More blogger giveaways coming soon!
Want to purchase a Notebook? Order or find a retailer near you.
My master bedroom furniture is almost completely refinished. It went from 30-year-old teak veneer that seemed to turn more orange every year, to the loveliest soft weathered grey!
Monday I used the Notebook to choose a basic color scheme for our master bedroom – and discovered I am really happy with the colors and accessories I already have.
Tuesday I narrowed down a new furniture finish that I fell in love with for three large pieces – a platform bed and two big dressers. Decided it is not right. Awesome look, but too barn woodish.
Today let’s design the finish.
This week we are using the Color Inspiration Notebook to work on my master bedroom redo – the primary objective is to refinish three large pieces of furniture. Platform bed and two large dressers. Holy cow. They are 30 years old, wonderful, but the teak seems to get more orange by the day. Not the look I am going for. Continue reading
Yesterday we used the Color Inspiration Notebook to select colors from the built-in color wheel. The basic colors, and photos on the front pages, help keep color selection simple. The gorgeous photos can assist in thinking through options like texture, furniture finishes and combinations, and just design in general. No need to deal with every color in the rainbow now.